Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Oakville, Napa Valley
Winemaker Jon Priest

The Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon was the third appellation wine to be introduced in our Cabernet series of very small bottlings dedicated to the benchland sub-appellations of Napa Valley. This bottling marks the sixth vintage of the Oakville Cabernet and celebrates Etude’s long-term relationship with one of the most highly regarded winegrowers in Napa Valley. Grapes were sourced exclusively from Block 6 of the Vine Hill Ranch, nestled along the hills of the Mayacamas Mountain Range at the south end of the Oakville AVA. The Phillips family has carefully managed this alluvial benchland vineyard for two generations, which is home to some of the most expressive and concentrated Cabernet grapes in the Napa Valley.

Winemaker's Tasting Note

The 2013 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is one of remarkable depth and complexity. It exhibits intense black cherry, boysenberry, blackberry, pine and violets. Exceptionally concentrated and balanced, it has particularly integrated tannins and a smooth, lengthy finish. It will open and evolve into an outstanding wine over the next several decades.

Vintage

The 2013 vintage began with a warm, dry spring that brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. The overall dry season made for a short harvest and was ideal for producing concentrated and balanced Cabernet Sauvignons.

Wine Advocate - 93+ points

"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville comes from Vine Hill Ranch and is a big, spicy, cedary, Pauillac-like wine with notes of baking spices, blackcurrants, licorice, forest floor, coffee and a touch of new oak in the background. This big, tannic wine needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and drunk over the following 25 or more." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

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